On Running for an Election and Being a Strong Mother…

Kate Lanagan MacGregor don't quit!“Run for an election?” The words sunk into the very pit of my stomach. I recently put my name in for President-Elect of our local Real Estate Board. At the time, there were no other entrants, and as the ballot was set, I was uncontested. At the very last minute, another very qualified person did…. So, now I am in a contested election. So now I have to run.

Run is what I wanted to do… far far away! I knew that I could not run away. Why? Because I am a mother. I could not run away from something uncomfortable because I don’t want my children running away from challenges.  I have a son and two daughters. They are (almost) 21,20 and 17. So, they are watching.  For many, many years, they would watch, and then do the opposite. Now they are listening. Maya Angelo said, “People will not remember what you said. They may remember what you did. They will always remember how you made them feel.”

Be Strong.

Go in faith, not fear.

Do your next right thing.

Get out of your comfort zone and into your growth zone.

Say what you mean. Mean what you say. Don’t be mean when you say it.

These are some of the sayings I have instilled into my children. Well, now it was time to walk the walk. Enough talking!

So, was I successful in my campaign? Sharing what my daughter sent me this morning… I was successful. For today!

10 Things You Learn From Being Raised By A Strong Mother

1. You learn the value of independence. You don’t need a man to save you or anyone to take care of you, you learn by example that you are capable of living a full and happy life without having to share it with someone else. You learn that you can build a home, raise kids, cook, and do the dishes all while having a thriving career. You pretty much learn how to be super woman.

2. You learn the meaning of unconditional love. You saw your mom sacrifice her time, health and youth for you and your siblings, yet she never complained or gloated about how much she is suffering or how much she is doing. She always had a smile on her face and was happily giving more and more of herself. She taught you what selfless and unconditional love looks like, and you know you won’t be able to find that love anywhere else.

3. You learn how to love yourself. You learn how to walk away from the things that are not meant for you, you learn how to keep going even when the whole world is against you, and you learn how to believe in yourself when everyone is doubting you. You learn that bad grades, heart breaks and failures don’t define you; what defines you is how you bounce back from all the setbacks and how hard you fight for the life you want.

4. You learn that you can be both strong and soft. Strong mothers are usually very sensitive they just hide it better, but you saw your mom silently cry over your pain, or stay up all night taking care of you when you were sick, or the nights she couldn’t sleep because something was troubling you. The way she hugs you when you are down shows unmatched compassion and tenderness and sometimes in a quiet corner you saw her shed a few tears.

5. You learn that it’s not easy being a woman. You learn that your opinion will be discounted, that you will be taken lightly when you’re being serious, but you will also learn that you can stand out in a crowd and force everyone to listen to your voice and accept your ideas. You learn that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

6. You learn never to look back. You learn to let all the “what ifs” and “could have beens” go. You learn not to look back and wonder why life turned upside down. You just keep looking forward and let the past redeem itself. You learn that everything that happened got you to where you belong even if it is nothing you ever wished for.

7. You learn the importance of patience and faith. You learn that God is looking out for you and your struggles, that everything will be OK in the end. Storms will pass and tomorrow is a new day. You learn to be patient with life, patient with timing, patient with success and patient with problems. You learn that patience is strength.

8. You learn how to create your own happiness. You can find happiness in a difficult life. You can still be happy even if  you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. My mom taught me that I can always find something to smile about all I have to do is look closer.

9. You learn that she still knows more about love than you do. Even when you are generations apart, even if you are not fond of her love choices, if she doesn’t approve of someone you better listen to her. She knows what she is saying; moreover, she doesn’t want to see you get heartbroken. As much as I hate to admit it, she got it right every time.

10. You learn how to be a good mother. You’ve been raised by a mom who showed you how to truly take care of a family, who showed you that hard work pays off, who showed you that you can love someone unconditionally. She showed you how to be protective, loving, kind, compassionate, strong and resilient. She was leading by example, and whether you know it or not, you are following in her footsteps one step at a time.

 This is from Rania Naim, of Thought Catalog.

Dance BOLDIES Dance!

Day 3~ 100 Days to BOLDness! What Would You Do If You Could Not Fail?

Dance BOLDIES Dance!Inspiration Station!

Being BOLD means being brave enough to… just do it anyways!

What would you do if you could not fail? When you dance, do you really dance like no one is watching?

I am sharing a video/live stream I put out there during the Olympics. Please watch, think, share and comment.

I believe that we need to do what we love, what we want to try, and get over ourselves already! Can we step away from this fear?!

In these 100 Days Of BOLDness…. let’s try to shed our fears, and act as if we cannot fail!

We can do this! Big success!

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Umm…I am His WIFE, NOT His Mother!

katel lanagan macgregor hair comparisonIt happened. I got called my husband’s mother!

Here’s how it went down. We were at this restaurant as a family that we frequent. We were standing in the bar area waiting for our table. A woman who I know mostly from church saw me and said hello. I explained that we were there to celebrate my son going off to college the next day. She turned in her seat and exclaimed to my husband…“I just LOVE your mother!”

UGH! Seriously?!

As we face challenges of middle age, one of them is becoming that vague age. Are we young and vital? Are we mature and responsible? Are we ‘old’?

I decided to handle this situation a little differently…

1- I Immediately started growing out my short hair. Look at the photos above. I really did have the same short hair style my mother-in-law AND my mother have.
2- I started adding butter and cheese to my husband’s meals. Stocked up on his favorite snacks.
3- I got real.

On one hand, I thought that maybe I seemed older because I had a lot of responsibility with my job. I think I may have even cut my hair to look more professional and grown up.

On the other hand, I find myself talking to peers about aches, fatigue, concentration, energy levels.  I acknowledge that these are all signs of getting older. So, it’s good to talk about because we need support. HOWEVER… these are all things we can work on  naturally minimize.

While I acknowledge that I could not be younger, I realize I do not have to feel older.

I started this #beawesome workout that my friends and I do on Periscope each weekday at 6 am. It is geared toward longevity and vitality. Since we started, my feet, hips, knees, back and mind feel significantly better. Those who participate on a regular basis also feel the same way. Noone misses us at that time, so we can get in a little “me” time.

Want to join us? Go to your app store on your smart phone, download Periscope (free). Sign up either by twitter or your telephone number. Follow me, Kate Lanagan MacGregor. In the mornings, you will hear a ding. Roll out of bed, and click on the app. There I am! By the side of your bed, join along! Here we are, together.

We can’t turn back time, but we sure as hell do not have to be called our husband’s mother!

Kate Lanagan MacGregor is broken

The ‘Whole’ Recovery of My ‘Broken’ Back

Kate Lanagan MacGregor is brokenToday is the 3rd Anniversary of the car accident that broke my back.  3 years ago, an elderly man blew through a stop sign and struck my jeep, making it roll several times and ejecting me from the roof.

I want to share the great lessons I have learned, as well as the hard ones. The insurance is finally wrapping up, and it’s time to put this behind me. As a good friend says, trying to drive forward looking through the rear view mirror causes you to crash! No more crashes!

1- People want to be good, and do good.  The response for help was overwhelming. The people who signed up for my Meal Train were amazing! My kids would sit at the door at 5, waiting for the meals to arrive. People put so much care into it. I also had people drive me to the other side of the state for meetings!

2- We are not in control of our destiny. I could not predict or stop that man from driving into me. I believe in a higher power, and events like this let me know that we are not alone or in charge! So, my takeaway? Live each moment, each day to the fullest. Make sure the people you love know it. SHOW them!

3- Some things take time. I am impatient. Antsy. Driven. It is hard to realize that sometimes we just have to take our time, and honor how long things can take. I now believe things happen in God’s time. Not mine!

4- Hanging on to anger hurts me. Not them. I was so angry at the man who hit me. While I was sitting on the ground unable to move, all he wanted to do was get out of there. He did not care that I was hurt, never asked how I was, and definitely  never offered an apology.  His insurance company (COMMERCE) was equally frustrating. The settlement left me with medical liens to be paid off, and a pitiful offer.

5- Moving forward means not looking back. Be broken or whole- the choice is mine. The reason I settled with that insurance offer is because I do not want to feel ‘broken’ anymore. Mentally, I have been carrying a burden I want to let go of! So, goodbye broken back! My new ‘whole’ is different than I was before, but that’s ok. Today I periscope ‘stretch and strengthening’ at 6 am so that I make myself do it every weekday. It’s my new normal. I cannot snowboard, snow mobile, run hard, horseback ride, or sit in cars for a very long time. I recently said to someone who looked at me like I was this middle aged woman,”I used to be fierce”.  Our workouts now are called #beawesome workouts. Join us on periscope! Everyone can be their own awesome. It’s because I want to be the best I can, and I want to inspire others to do the same. I will cherish those ‘fierce’ memories, and be grateful I can move as I can.

I believe we all have a burden that we carry. I am hoping that I can ‘see’ your burden and honor and help you with yours. Life is so precious, and I believe that the positive lessons and outcomes from my accident far outweigh my loss. I LOVE life! I appreciate it so much more.

Live Life With Me! Make your life the best it can be. Maybe you won’t need to break your back to realize how very wonderful our gifts are! So, Happy Anniversary and goodbye. Time to live my ‘whole’ life!

#beawesome and Periscope with 100 Days to the HoliDAZE

Movement, Mindfulness, and Motivation at #beawesome Workouts

kate lanagan macgregor in 100 days to HoliDAZEMovement, Mindfulness, and Motivation at #beawesome Workouts in 100 Days to the HoliDAZE. We call in #beawesome!

Every weekday morning at 6 am, we have been connecting on Periscope for a workout designed for longevity, flexibility, and strength. Kate Lanagan MacGregor at  6 am weekdays has brought her new Periscope friends through a 30 minute #beawesome workout.

How has it been going?

Maegan Nelson Arone said, ” I love being able to learn yoga in the privacy of my own living

room. My (3 year old) daughter Scarlett has been working alongside me.I love it! And I love the (Periscope) tool!”

Tracey Lee enthuses that her  mindset and mood improve each morning she starts

with the workout. ” I am feeling stronger, and more awesome each day!”

Many BOLD Moves Real Estate BOLDIES’ have incorporated the Periscope replay option.

Periscope allows you to replay the video for 24 hours.

Yesterday we incorporated a stability ball. While helpful, no tools are actually needed to work out with us.

Next week, we plan to introduce a guest yogi, @sportladyyoga Tricia Akins, the Yoga Trapeze, and how

to get a full body workout walking your dog. Sounds fun? Join us! Each weekday morning Live on Persicope at 6 am!

I am @katemaclanagan on Periscope or KateLanaganMacGregor

If you are new to Periscope, go to the app store and download the free app of Periscope.

You do not need to be a twitter follower to join (even though they own it!)

Find me, and follow me.

Start with me at 6 LIVE.

You have 24 hours to watch!

YOU can comment! I can see- can’t respond other than verbally.

Touch the screen to send hearts. I get most hearts when I say something you want to hear!

“Workout’s Done!”

I am @katemaclanagan on Periscope or KateLanaganMacGregor! See you on Periscope!

 

 

#beawesome and Periscope with 100 Days to the HoliDAZE

#beawesome! Periscope with us in our 100 Days to the HoliDAZE!

100 Days to the HoliDAZE#beawesome! Be AWESOME! That is our message for 100 Days to the HoliDAZE!

Today, we periscoped our first 6 am workout. There were 141 live viewers this morning, and

it was our maiden voyage into Periscope. LOTS of fun! You can go to Periscope and work out

with us, or you can join us each morning.  The workouts include “Movement, Mindfulness, and Motivation!” Where do you want to be in 100 days (‘the HoliDAZE?’). Where do you want to be in 20 years? Our workouts are for longevity and awakening! Join us! Periscope name is katelanaganmacgregor, twitter name is @katemaclanagan.

Some important takeaways today were:

  • 100 Days is enough time to achieve many things, and start habits on everything.
  • Starting now puts you where you want to be for the HoliDAZE?
  • Be kind to yourself! Progress NOT perfection!
  • What steps lead you to where you want to be?

Download Periscope on your iPhone, iPad, or android store. It is free, and you do not need twitter to use it. Kate Lanagan MacGregor #beawesome

Twitter purchased Periscope before it launched, that’s how cool it is!  I recommend when you name yourself,

use either your name or something close to it!

When you message me during the Periscope, I want to know who to SHOUTOUT to!

Tomorrow, we will talk about some of the many ways to build Periscope into your business.

…. after we #beawesome at 6 am!

Reach out to me with any questions by filling in the contact form on here. Have fun and use the video!